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• @jeremycherfas an easy way to remove the hard-coded credentials from code you want to share, is to pass them as environmental variables. So for example password = "some_pw" can become password = os.environ["SCRIPT_PASSWORD"], by importing the os library.

An easy way to set environmental variables without having to tinker too much in your OS of choice, is to use a .env file and just load it from your script. Just make sure you don't share the .env file together with the code (by e.g. adding it to a .gitignore file if you are using git -> github to share the code).

• @artkavanagh DNS taking its sweet time ruined many an afternoon for me... When I read your previous post I kind of felt it in my bones that DNS was at fault. But I refrained from commenting as I've never set up a custom domain with iCloud so I thought: what do I know. Lesson learnt, it's always DNS!

• @jeremycherfas Yes, and I wonder whether one can expect new leadership to make the hard decisions. On the other hand, it seems like the current course leads straight to the iceberg, and that stakeholders like the author are fed up and want a fundamental shift of direction (and leadership). I really hope this materializes, we need good examples of alternative business models in this area. Thanks for sharing this!

• @jeremycherfas Oh yeah, no arguing with the other points, I agree with the overall tone & arguments, and find the ideas he puts forward interesting. Just didn't find the specific "15% of paying users" argument very compelling, as if that worked we would probably already be well on our way out of the current sorry state of things with social media. After all, I wouldn't consider it a tragedy if Twitter lost a (significant) fraction of its users because of a new monetization strategy, if it came with the benefits of a healthier community. I just wonder whether Twitter is able to make this decision.

• @jeremycherfas I wonder how many users would actually pay for Twitter. That's the core problem in ridding ourselves of ad-driven social media, as far as I can tell. The author suggests having influencers bear the cost of the platform, but I'm not sure the maths work out as neatly as they seems to think, if Twitter doesn't want its revenue to shrink. If we take YouTube Premium subscribers (which pay per month more or less what the author suggests Twitter should charge), that's currently 1% of the total number of YouTube users. Note that I'm perfectly fine with the idea of being a paying user for a social media platform (I am), I just don't think a significant slice of Twitter users share this willingness.

• @cliffordbeshers I've been feeling the same. Just, knowing how otherworldly this period will look on the history books, the same other periods have looked otherworldly to me when reading about them in school.

• @jeremycherfas Interesting, thank you. I lived in the UK for a while as a student, but I don't think I ever came across this type of dumplings. Although I must say that apart from Sunday Roasts, high teas and cafeteria food, my student explorations of British cuisine have been quite limited.

• @artkavanagh That's a good principle to go by, but I find that a lot of things worth attempting lie near the limit of what's possible, and it's not easy to see on what side of the limit you actually are until you put a lot of effort in.

• @jhull Is the 1min "moment" self-contained? As in, does the meditation last 1 minute? I was wary of activating this feature, more or less for the same reason I am wary of adding any kind of attention-grabbing notifications to my day. On the other hand, Sam Harris' meditations have been an invaluable addition to my practice. (Great seeing other WakingUp users in the wild as well! @vincent)